Dr. Jonathan Kramer's Cell Tower Photo Gallery

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Top rated - Non-Camouflaged Sites
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Great Scott! (Even more)284 viewsYet another example of a pole-mounted cell site in Scottsdale, Arizona.11111
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Sprint microcell - Omnidirectional pattern1989 viewsOne of the secret ways from the San Fernando Valley into West Los Angeles (or is it the other way around) is via Havenhurst Avenue. Sprint's customers know the route, and Sprint's capitalized on it by adding this omni site to cover the commuters.11111
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Self-supporting cell tower - Mass Turnpike284 viewsThis co-location site is in Newton, MA along the turnpike.11111
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Store that Signal!332 viewsThe roof-mounted cable tray supporting the antenna coax cables can be clearly seen in this photo. The cable tray protects the coaxial cable from being damaged, here from people walking and working on the roof. Damaged coaxial cables most often seriously degrade the received and transmitted signals. 00000
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Store that Signal!298 viewsPublic Storage locations are popular cell site locations. The carrier will often locate its equipment in a top floor or building end unit and place its antennas on the roof or an adjacent mono-whatever.

This PS location, in Rowland Heights, California sports externally mounted antennas.
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Park'n the Signal on the Roof404 viewsNotice how the coax ground wires are far from supported, attached, and protected at this site. This is a violation of the NEC 810.21(C) and (D) et seq.00000
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Park'n the Signal on the Roof380 viewsThe cable wiring for this site leaves something to be desired. Notice how the cables are attached to wood blocks.

PMBS>Cingular>T-Mobile at The Grand Long Beach Event Center, 4101 East Willow St.
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Park'n the Signal on the Roof374 viewsPBMS built this site. Cingular took it over. It's likely now a T-Mobile site. Long Beach, California, on top of the parking lot for The Grand Long Beach Event Center, 4101 East Willow St.00000
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Park'n the Signal on the Roof314 viewsPBMS built this site. Cingular took it over. It's likely now a T-Mobile site. Long Beach, California, on top of the parking lot for The Grand Long Beach Event Center, 4101 East Willow St.00000
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Building Topper297 viewsIn Inglewood, California, this multi-sector site could have been placed BEHIND camouflage panels instead of in front! Two sectors are visible...way too visible. Carrier(s) unknown.00000
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Church Bell Tower Mount309 viewsThe sector panels are mounted to the face of the bell tower. The overall quality of the site is, at best, fair. Exposed and disconnected cables detract from the site, as do the visible preamplifiers inside the bell tower. Carrier (as yet) unknown.00000
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Got Desert?423 viewsThis little Verizon 3-sector site sites atop a wood pole in Victorville, California. The BTS equipment is in the fenced area to the left, and the telco and power panels are to the right.00000
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Side Saddle Microwave Dish Installation447 viewsAnother view of this cell site which uses a microwave dish antenna system to provide backhaul to the MTSO. The interesting note for this site is the side saddle (offset) installation of the dish antenna. In most metro installations, a microwave antenna saves the carrier the cost of leasing a telco dataline, but at the expense of adding visual loading to the project.1 comments00000
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Church Bell Tower With External Antennas299 viewsThis church bell tower sports multiple panel antennas on the face of the structure, rather then flush or camouflaged inside the tower. Too bad. Certainly not a high quality installation. Spotted in South-Central Los Angeles.00000
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Sprint microcell - Two Sectors659 viewsPole mounted Sprint microcell in Brentwood, California (Parkyns St.). The panel antennas should have been painted brown or green to afford some measure of camouflage. This site is near OJ's former home on Rockingham in Brentwood, California. It's a much nicer area than were he now lives in Nevada.2 comments00000
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Spectrasite in Paramount, California302 viewsYet another Spectrasite installation, this time in Paramount, California (looking north).00000
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UCLA? I C LA!522 viewsVerizon's right-of-way microcell monopole site on Hilgard Avenue near Manning just to the east of UCLA. The base station equipment is located underground adjacent to the two vents.00000
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NextG DAS Pole Mounted Site558 viewsA NextG distributed antenna system (DAS) site in Redondo Beach, California.00000
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NextG Distributed Antenna System Node324 viewsNextG is a wireless carrier's carrier. They provide fiber links between the BTS and the antenna site using a technology referred to as Distributed Antenna System (DAS). This is a NextG DAS node located in Encinitas, California. The carrier supported by this node is Cricket Wireless. NextG's Cricket network in San Diego County is thought to be the largest deployment of DAS in the U.S.00000
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Flamingos Have Antennas!437 viewsI always focused on the tail feathers of Flamingos. Who knew that they had antennas, too!00000
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The Golden Signal267 viewsOne of T-Mobile's sector antennas at its Chico, California water tank site. Photo taken just before sunset.00000
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The Tower Company Tower315 viewsSounds circular, eh? Located in Chico, California.00000
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Restful Signal280 viewsSprint's antennas are on the motel sign just out of the frame on the right side. It's BTS equipment is located in the bricked area to the left center of this photo. Notice the power panel, transfer switch, etc. on the left side of the enclosure. From the street side, this enclosure is very well designed to blend in with the buidling.00000
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Restful Signal281 viewsHere's a non-camo three sector Sprint site located on a motel sign post in Azusa, California. 00000
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Field of Signals346 viewsCingular's light standard site in the Thousand Oaks Park in Thousand Oaks, California. 00000
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Multi-carrier Cell Site Cleverly Disguised As An Upscale Hotel328 viewsOkay, it's really a hotel with an amazing number and variety of cell sites. Look at the related series of photos to get a flavor of this amazing site in Torrance, California.

Looking northeast. Cells on the roof (camo to the right; not camo in the middle) and on the southwest wall. Three panel non-camo sector on the west roof.
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SFO Airport - Terminal 2/Admin Building367 viewsYup. There's the panel antenna.00000
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Verizon MTSO San Diego 1 of 2324 viewsThis photo shows Verizon's Mobile Telephone Switching Office and tower in San Diego, California.00000
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A New Sign of the Times320 viewsYes, this cell site is sandwiched between two outdoor advertising signs. Yes, two of the three sectors shine THROUGH the signs (with metal rails just in front of the panel antennas). 00000
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Yahoo! What a site!383 viewsThis omnidirection site is in Santa Monica, California. The GPS antenna is the right (north) of the antennas on the roof.00000
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Sprint Conducts a Drive Test388 viewsThe tech mounts the omnidirectional antenna to the telescoping mast. Once the antenna is mounted, he'll connect the coax that runs back to the portable PCS transmitter sitting inside the van. Then the tech will elevate the antenna to the desired height, and set the proper output power of the transmitter. With all this done, another tech will drive the streets in the area recording signal strength, latitude, and longitude for later mapping.00000
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PCS-Transmitter-in-a-Box372 viewsWhen a wireless carrier selects a candidate cell site it will usually conduct a 'drive test' to determine actual coverage. The drive test consists of elevating an antenna (here, an omnidirectional antenna) to a predetermined height. Inside the truck is a portable PCS transmitter powering the antenna.

This is a photo of the PCS transmitter used by Sprint in this drive test. What? You thought it would be larger?!
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Multi-carrier Omnis and Panels326 viewsThis traditional 'high iron' site supports several carriers using omni-directional antennas, as well as at least one carrier with sectorized panel antennas.00000
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Microcell - Two sectors335 viewsA two sector microcell on an Edison pole. Note the old (now abandoned) Metricom packet relay transceiver just below the cobra light head. Metricom is no more, but the equipment lives on.00000
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Wireless site on a major transmission tower, Irvine, CA315 viewsUtilizing the powerline ROW, this wireless site makes use of a transmission tower. If you enlarge the photograph, you'll see another wireless site on the pole behind this one.00000
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Close-up of transmission tower wireless installation, Irvine, CA264 viewsUtilizing the powerline ROW, this wireless site makes use of a power transmission tower. 00000
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Monopole Power Tower Cell Site322 viewsThis is a cell site on a power mono-tower in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Notice the microwave antenna for backhaul located on the lower portion of the tower.00000
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San Mateo Bridge338 viewsTo provide for high power, focused coverage along a significant portion of the San Mateo Bridge spanning the Bay, carriers use high gain antennas. Here's a co-lo cell site on the east side of the bay.00000
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